Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bastian Schweinsteiger Scores to Lift Chicago Fire over 10-Man Impact

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bastian Schweinsteiger Scores to Lift Chicago Fire over 10-Man Impact

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Schweinsteiger lifts Fire over 10-man Impact

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MONTREAL - Video review was used in an Impact game for the first time this season and it did not go Montreal's way.

The referee used the video review technology to change a yellow card into a red card and the 10-man Montreal Impact went on to lose 1-0 against the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Montreal was left shorthanded when defender Deian Boldor, making his Impact debut, was sent off for a challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 50th minute.

Schweinsteiger went on to score the only goal of the game.

"It was not as bad as it seemed," said Boldor, who joined the Impact on loan this summer. "I'm sad because we lost the game. I put my team in a bad situation. I never took a red card before in my life. It's my first. I'm mad because it was a good game before the red card.

"When I saw it was red, I couldn't believe it. He (the referee) destroyed a beautiful game."

Referee Baldomero Toledo initially gave Boldor a yellow card for his dangerous studs-up challenge on Schweinsteiger's calf. Upon the recommendation of the Video Assistant Referee, Toledo then went to the video review booth and chose to give Boldor a red instead.

"He reaches for the ball but I'm not sure there's even contact," said Montreal head coach Mauro Biello of the challenge. "It has to be 100 per cent convincing that it's a red card. If it's not conclusive, the call on the field has to stand.

"It's subjective in the end. There's someone looking at it who felt it was a red. I've seen tackles like that not even given a yellow in the past.

"You can't give a red card just because it's Schweinsteiger."

Seven minutes after Boldor walked off the pitch, Schweinsteiger scored his third goal in a Chicago uniform as the Fire snapped their four-game losing skid in MLS.

The 33-year-old was left alone in the box when he got on the end of a low cross from Matt Polster for the easy side-footed tap-in, his first goal since April 15.

The goal was one of two shots on target for Chicago (13-9-5) in the encounter. …

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